After surgery, patients may still experience some discomfort from the stitches and swelling around the incision areas. Patients will be given a prescription pain medication prior to their discharge to be taken as needed.
Some patients experience shoulder pain which is a result of the gas used during the procedure. An over-the-counter remedy can be taken, such as Gas-X, to relieve the discomfort.
Most newly banded patients can return to work or resume normal activities within 3-7 days after lap band surgery. It is important to get up and move around, take short walks, and get adequate rest while your body is still recovering from the effects of surgery.
It is more important in the first few weeks to let your stomach adjust to the Lap Band System than it is to lose weight. Dr. Kuri provides an extensive postoperative instruction manual that includes wound care, pain control, and diet instructions customized for your recovery.
Just because patients leave the hospital does not mean that they lose contact with Dr. Kuri and his team. We regularly check in with our patients to see how they’re recovering and offer them advice or resources. Every banded patient has access to the Kuri Online Community Forum to find answers or share their experience with the rest of the banded community.